13 Contour Kits That Practically Sculpt Your Cheekbones for You

In theory, contouring is a magical makeup technique that makes your face look 10 pounds slimmer and gives you cheekbones that rival those of Angelina-Jolie-as-Maleficent. In practice, many things can go wrong: choose the wrong shade and end up looking like an Oompa Loompa; don't blend it enough and wind up looking like you just completed a mud run; use too-pale highlighter and get ghostly half-moons under your eyes.   read more

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8 Waterproof Mascaras That Stand Up to the Sweatiest Workouts

Dirty little secret: I wear mascara to the gym. Without it, my blonde lashes disappear, which makes me feel freakish. What I've learned is: Not all waterproof mascaras live up to their claims -- and a sweaty workout can leave me with smudges around my eyes (a dead giveaway that I'm high-maintenance).   read more

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17 Best Blushes

A good blush gives a lit-from-within, healthy-looking glow, something we all strive for with our makeup. A bad blush gives a streaky, sparkly, clownish look -- not attractive. Luckily, our reviewers have tried tons of blushes, and here we share their favorites. They guarantee you won't look like you're auditioning for the circus. (Just remember to use a real blush brush with all of them, not the little ones that come in the package, OK?)   See blushes

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The Most Gorgeous Beauty Looks We're Stealing From NYFW

Sure, the clothes and accessories of New York Fashion Week have us drooling, but we can't get our hands on those without time traveling into next season (and forking over a month's rent). For us beauty editors, the best part of New York Fashion Week is the gorgeous makeup looks. Our favorite accessory isn't a pair of Loubs or a darling clutch -- it's these of-the-minute beauty looks. Here, the trendy, fresh, need-it-now makeup looks from New York Fashion Week that you can get right this instant.   read more

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4 Mascara Topcoats With Magical Waterproofing Powers

If our mascara review section is any indication, the majority of you have found your mascara soul mate: the can't-live-without-it, life-changing product that gives you the fluttery lashes of your dreams. In beauty-speak, we call this a Holy Grail product (HG, for short). But if your HG mascara isn't waterproof, that makes situations that call for budge-proof makeup (e.g. your wedding day, the series finale of "Parks and Rec") pretty tricky. And that's where these waterproof topcoats come in.   read more

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8 Ways to Pull Off Red Lips Once And For All

Red lips are the little black dress of beauty -- glamorous, feminine, timeless. So timeless in fact that the use of red lipstick dates back to ancient Egypt, when Mesopotamian women would decorate their pouts in crushed semi-precious stones.   Get tips

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12 Best Makeup Finds for $5 or Less

If your budget's more beer than champagne, your makeup doesn't have to suffer. Take comfort in these consumer-approved, high-quality finds, available online and at your local drugstore.   Makeup finds

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10 Best Eyeshadows

It's a familiar scenario: You start your day with perfectly made-up eyes. Your lashes are long and lifted, your cat-eye wings are as symmetrical as they'll ever be and your shadow is blended so skillfully that you wish you could give yourself a high five. But a few hours later, you glance in the bathroom mirror to find a pair of shockingly faded, creased eyelids. What was a makeup masterpiece this morning is now a hot mess. We've all been there.   See shadows

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9 Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones

Fun fact: Back in the day, supermodel Iman toted her homemade foundations along to her fashion gigs for 14 years. Why? Makeup artists didn't have anything in their expansive kits to match her darker complexion. Fast-forward to the present and lines like L'Oréal and YSL have added darker shades to their signature products, but black women are still struggling to find the perfect match. Behind all of the "Caramel" and "Coffee" foundation tones, there's a basic lack of knowledge about dark skin tones. Many cosmetic companies only produce one or two dark shades with one or two undertones -- and this is one category where "one or two sizes fits all" doesn't work. At all.   read more

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Cushion Compacts Are Here to Replace Your BB Creams

Just when we were getting a little tired of hearing about double-lettered beauty products (hair BB and CC creams?), the cushion compact entered -- and we found reason to be twitterpated again. Like the BB cream did a few years ago, cushion compacts are poised to change the way we think about base makeup. "In Korea, almost nobody's using the BB and CC creams in a tube anymore. It's all about the cushion compact," says makeup guru Michelle Phan.   read more

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